Who are you? It’s a simple question but a difficult one to answer. How can we know who we are? Do we look to ourselves for this personal definition or should we look outward to determine our identity? What should we consider to be the truth about ourselves? What about the negativity of degrading messages that hit us on a daily bases? How can we know who we truly are?
For me, as a follower of Christ, this question is not only a simple question but it is also an easy one to answer. You see before I came to know my Lord and Savior I had to ask myself the above questions. I would have to wonder if what others said about me and what I thought of myself was the truth. With so many options, mostly being negative, what would I believe?
Now that I am a new creature in Christ though, I no longer live by these opinions of the world, because I am no longer of the world. Instead, I find my identity in who God says I am to Him.
On days when I feel lost and began to look at myself once again through the eyes of others, this question of who I am can crush my very soul. At times like this, I turn to the one place where I know I can always find the truth; God’s word.
Recently I was given an opportunity to participate in the power of claiming your identity and worth by seeing yourself as God sees you. This experience has inspired me to do a bit of studying for myself on who I am to God. My hope and prayer is that you too would see yourself through the eyes of your Loving Father and be encouraged by who He sees you as.
When I consider my lack of ability to earn God’s forgiveness and my apparent worthlessness, I must remember that it is not by my works that I am saved but by the grace of Jesus Christ, which I can never earn (Eph 2:8). With this understanding, I can see that my worth comes from who I am in Christ and not what I have done.
In Christ, I am Justified and Redeemed (Rom 3:24). My old self, who I once was and what I once did, is crucified with Christ (Rom 6:6). I am a new creature, my old self no longer has control over me nor determines who I am (2 Cor 5:17). I am set free (Rom 8:2). I will never be condemned for what I have done, nor for my short comes even now (Rom 8:1). Before God, I am blameless (Eph 1:4). I do not have to (nor could I ever) earn this freedom, it is a gift (Eph 2:8).
In Christ, I am blessed to a degree I can bearly fathom (Eph 1:3). Wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption are given to me (1 Cor 1:30). By salvation, the righteousness of Christ has been placed on me (2 Cor 5:21). I have been given a family and place in the body of Christ (Gal 3:28). I have access to enter into the presence of God (Eph 3:12). I have been given the ability to draw near to God, and He desires for me to be close (Eph 2:13). I am no longer a slave of my old flesh for I have been given the ability to controls my heart and mind. (Phil 4:7). I can have complete trust in God because He promises to fulfill all my needs (Phil 14:19).
I am a child of the Most High (John 1:12, Gal 4:7). To Christ, I am a friend (John 15:15). Through the gift of salvation, I can have assurance in eternity as I am a citizen of heaven (Phil 3:20). From the beginning of time, God predestined/chose that He would bring to me the gift of salvation and it was His will that I come to know Him (Eph 1:11, John 15:16). I am whole and complete in Christ, lacking in nothing (Col 2:10). I am hidden in Christ and He has become my life (Col 3:3-4).
I am called to be a saint (1 Cor 1:2). A light to the world meant to shine the love of Christ in the darkness (Eph 5:8). I am meant to reach the world with the good news of salvation by grace (Mark 16:15).
As we see who we are in Christ and His love for us, we must remember that this identy is not one that we are meant to keep to ourselves. The love given to us by God should fill us to such a degree that we overflow with love for everyone in our life. Cherish who you are, as the precious apple of God’s eye, but don’t keep it trapped inside. Let the world know who you are, show them who they are to you, so that they may come to know who they too can be in Christ.